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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard Receives $1.5 M Grant from National Institute of Science and Technology for Professional Research Experience Program

Program will Benefit STEM Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Jason S. Matthews, Ph.D.; Charles Hosten, Ph.D.; and Dharmaraj Raghavan, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2012) -- The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has awarded Howard University a $1.5 million grant from the Professional Research Experience Program – Material Measurement Laboratory (PREP-MML).

The program provides laboratory experiences and financial assistance to Howard University undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates in the MML at NIST Laboratories in Gaithersburg. MML is the major operating unit within NIST focused on measurement research, standards and data mining in the chemical, biological and materials sciences. The objectives of the PREP-MML are to encourage the growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States by providing research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates, enabling them to collaborate with internationally renowned NIST scientists and exposing them to cutting-edge research.

Co-Directors, Charles Hosten, Ph.D., Jason S. Matthews, Ph.D., and Dharmaraj Raghavan, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemistry plan to create a workforce, education, training and development program through a multifaceted strategic partnership with the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory (CSTL) and Material Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL)  programs at NIST in Gaithersburg.

“Key elements of the program are to broaden the educational experience by empowering the nation’s future scientists and engineers with the required training and capabilities to conduct metrological studies,” says Hosten. “Using state-of-the-art research instrumentation available at NIST will help to expand the scope of undergraduate teaching, learning, and research and to promote technology transfer between NIST and Howard University.”

The project has two co-investigators: Vernon Morris, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Chemistry, and James Mitchell, Ph.D., professor of Chemical Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering Architecture and Computer Science (CEACS).


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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